August 26, 2014 6:35 pm

Review finds procedures not followed at Burnside jail during stabbing

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HALIFAX – A review released Tuesday by the Department of Justice shows procedures were not followed at Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility when an inmate was stabbed.

On June 21, a 39-year-old inmate was stabbed multiple times after being attacked by five other inmates inside a shared cell.

At the time, police said the suspects were all in one cell and the stabbing happened after the victim entered the cell.

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The victim was taken to hospital with serious injuries, and the facility was put on lockdown following the incident.

The review found staff responded “quickly and appropriately” and that “policy and procedures were followed”.

However, it noted that a standard operating procedure regarding the number of offenders allowed in a cell was not followed.

“Only those offenders assigned to the cell are permitted to be in it at any given time,” the review stated.

The review notes that supervisors at the facility have been directed to ensure the procedure is “reviewed, enforced and adhered to at all times”.

The five inmates involved each face charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

They will appear in court next month.

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